Can we treat hearing loss better by considering the benefit of seeing a talker?

Authors: Chris Sumner1

1Nottingham Trent University

It is well known that seeing the face of a talker boosts speech perception in noise. This boost is particularly important for people with a hearing impairment, and influences the real-world value of hearing aids and cochlear implants. Yet, this is not taken account of in any systematic way when treating a hearing problems, or developing digital supports like speech enhancement. This session on audiovisual speech perception will ask our panel whether they think it is possible to improve treatment for hearing problems by considering the value people get from seeing the talker. Could this lead to more effective treatment for the individual? If so, how might it change treatment? What are the fundamental barriers to doing this? What research, clinical or basic, is needed to remove these barriers?